Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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Reviews by nomomentwasted:
4.4/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I've had this beer a number of times, and every time I do, it has been long enough for me to forget two things: one, that is absolutely scrumptious, and two, the yeasties in this beast are strong. I'll leave the rest for you to read between the lines on that one.
Appearance: Swampy dark brown-gold-red with the occasional yeast chunk flying about. No matter how delicate the pour, I always seem to end up with some in the glass. No matter, as it lends itself perfectly to that true Belgian Quad style: heavy, mythical, and occasionally chunky. Laces very well, and has a zealous little tan head that grows on the pour.
Smell: Really a fantastic example of everything right with Quads. Earthy, dark fruits with a rum-like booziness to it. Anise, black-strap molasses, and Trappist yeast all have their say as well before it's all finished. Rich, fruity, and dark. Inviting.
Taste: Rum-raisin, fig, bread, licorice, booze, and slight sweetness, finishing with a powerful final grape-licorice pull on the aftertaste. As it warms up (and it does get better as it warms), the sweetness does tend to make its way through a bit more, but stops short of cloying. It holds its own against Abt 12 for certain, but falls just short of Westy 12. If I had to rank those as top threes, this would probably be third, but only by thismuch to the Abt 12. And that is saying something, as I love both of those beers.
Mouthfeel: Full, rich, and slightly boozy. Not overly dry, but maybe just a touch of too much carbonation. That may just be me splitting hairs at the end of the glass, but such a flavorful beer, while needing carbonation, also needs to be able to shine in the body just a tad more. Again, splitting hairs. But when compared to its other two world-class Quads, it is just a tad below.
Drinkability: Tasty, for sure, but every time I drink it, I am satisfied exactly where it finished. I wouldn't crave much more. I've never had this beer on tap, but I'd love the chance, as I've found Abt 12 to be consistently better on tap. This beer may be no exception. Definitely a very tasty Quad, and while the Westy reigns supreme, this is definitely not a huge step down in quality.
Serving type: bottle
10-18-2010 00:07:16 | More by nomomentwasted
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4.35/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours an opaque deep brown with caramel highlights and more beige, dense, creamy head than body. Thick sheets of lacing line the glass walls. The head lingers and is so dense, it climbs above the rim.
Prunes, raisins, figs, bruised apple and burnt sugar form the initial aroma. Gives the impression of a rum-soaked fruitcake. Notes of cola add complexity.
Flavor is intensely sweet and bready, with prunes, pear, banana, and raisins underlying. Toasted, caramelly malt forms the backbone, but the dark fruit character dominates. The finish is slightly dry and boozy.
Body is on the full side, with low carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.
Very complex, estery character, with enough alcohol to warm the belly, but not detract from the experience. Truly a beauty of a beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 16:37:40 | More by barczar
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 6,037 ratings.